Light rain and a box truck’s oil leak apparently caused collisions involving eight vehicles as cars had trouble stopping, spun around and slid off the roadway on Westminster Pike near Mitchell Road Tuesday morning.
“All the drivers made the same statement that the roadway was very slippery and they couldn’t stop or steer as they were going down the roadway, which has a fairly steep slope,” said Louise Rogers-Feher, a Baltimore County Police spokeswoman.
An officer arrived at the scene on Westminster Pike (MD Route 140) near Mitchell Drive around 7:38 a.m. Tuesday, and said he slid about 10 feet as he was coming to a stop. He observed multiple vehicles with front and rear damange, one vehicle off the roadway lying on its roof and he said that the roadway was wet from light rain and a foreign substance, Rogers-Feher said.
Three drivers were transported to Carroll County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The chain of events started when a Reisterstown woman driving 2006 Saturn Ion northbound on Westminster Pike began to slide and spun around, coming to a stop on the right shoulder facing the opposite way after going down the hill past Mitchell Drive. After checking her vehicle – which was completely off the roadway – for damage, the Saturn driver got back in her car.
While in her car, the Saturn driver observed a 2003 Infinity sliding down the roadway toward her car. The Infinity driver, a Baltimore woman, ran up the embankment to try to avoid hitting the Saturn, flipping her car onto its roof, and hitting the Saturn, spinning it around and off the shoulder onto the grass.
After that, a Finksburg resident driving a 2004 Ford pickup pulled over about 126 feet before the accident so he could help the other drivers. A Glen Burnie man driving a 2007 Hyundai Accent lost control of his vehicle while he was traveling northbound down the hill past Mitchell Drive and struck the Ford in the rear.
Another Glen Burnie man, driving a 2001 Buick Regal, was attempting to slow down on the slippery roadway as he passed the accidents when an Owings Mills woman driving a 2001 Nissan Centra slid into the back of his Buick, pushing him further down the road.
A Baltimore woman driving a 2003 Jaguar came to a stop in the middle of the road, and a 2007 Toyota Camry driven by an Owings Mills woman slid into the back of the jaguar.
“Witnesses coming southbound said all those vehicles were losing control,” said Rogers-Feher.
A Maryland State Trooper spoke with the driver of a broken down box truck just over the Baltimore-Carroll County line not far from the accidents. The driver said he was losing oil pressure as he was going down Westminster Pike into Carroll County, and he pulled over once he got to Carroll County because his oil light came on.
The driver, a Montgomery Village resident, poured more oil into the engine and it ran out onto the ground. A mechanic advised that the oil filter housing on the truck was faulty causing the oil leak onto the roadway, Rogers-Feher said.